The Jack Prize

In 2018, the International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures launched the Jack Prize, awarded annually for the best article on a subject related to Reception or Diaspora in Scottish Literatures (including Scots, English, Gaelic and Latin). The prize is named in honour of Professor Ronald Dyce Sadler Jack D.Litt. FRSE (1941-2016), Professor of Scottish and Mediaeval Literature at the University of Edinburgh from 1987-2004 and director of the Bibliography of Scottish Literature in Translation. Professor Jack’s work on Scottish literature’s Continental and Italian dimensions was groundbreaking. From his The Italian Influence in Scottish Literature (1972) on, he championed a concept of Scottish literature open to the world and engaged in dialogue with it. This prize of £100 or equivalent is named in his memory.


Professor Ronnie Jack


The Jack Prize 2021

Deadline 30 November 2021

Submissions for 2021 should be sent to Professor Carla Sassi, Convenor of IASSL, by 30 November 2021. We accept articles and chapters published between 1 December 2020 and 30 November 2021 and also nominations by 30 November 2021. Submissions should include

  • author name and title
  • valid email address
  • institutional affiliation
  • full title and publication details of article or book chapter
  • date published
  • pdf copy of the article by attachment 

Previous Prizewinners

Past recipients of the Jack Prize

2019 Nikki Hessell (Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) and Stephen Clothier (Wellington City Libraries, New Zealand) “To Mary in Aotearoa: Burns’s ‘Thou Ling’ring Star’ and Scottish Identity in New Zealand”, Scottish Literary Review 9(2), 2017.
2018 Céline Sabiron (Université de Lorraine, France) “Amédée Pichot and Walter Scott’s Parrot: A Fabulous Tale of Parroting and Pirating”, Studies in Scottish Literature 44(2), 2018.